Monday, May 3, 2010

Graduation Inspiration

Five hundred graduates
stacked on the lawn in early June
guests equally packed in rows
on folded chairs

The heat from the sun unbearable

and the words from the guest speaker,
Ray Bradbury, tells of his time in school
when stories were ripped from his notebook

“Stop wasting your time on this drivel.
Find real work to occupy your mind.”

He didn’t listen and went on to write

stories and books of science fiction
telling of make-believe worlds so fantastic
that kids of every generation want to read them

He has become a classic, a must read in schools
all because he stayed true to his own calling.
Then one by one our names were called.

Diplomas handed out, tied in blue ribbon.

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